SunCloud Health offers integrative, intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization for adolescents and adults of all genders – “Supporting your desire to live free from self-destructive behavior as you embark on a life long journey of recovery”.

Careers at SunCloud Health- please see below for various jobs currently being offered for both our Northbrook and downtown Chicago location.

About us- Important for all who may be considering a job with SCH.

Thank you for your interest in SunCloud Health,

We are seeking to set the new standard for first in class care of these deadly disease sets in an outpatient setting unlike any other. Our approach is integrated, holistic and evidence-based where we offer services at multiple levels across the continuum of care and we do not track people based on their symptoms. With Dr. Kim Dennis as our active leader, we really do have the ability, the experience and the interest in treating the more complex co-occurring eating and substance use disorders that many either can’t treat, don’t want to treat or just miss because they specialize in just one symptom. We try not to focus too hard on answering the question of, “Why the (self-destructive) behavior?”, but rather we focus intently and deliberately on getting to the bottom of, “Why the pain?”. Our employees are encouraged and expected to play an integral role in our success. We have an open-door policy and are eager to find a leader who can challenge the way we think while helping us accomplish our goals.

Our care model is based entirely around our patients’ conditions, where we recognize that every patient is different and it is the whole person and their families that we are seeking to treat, and not just their symptoms. We pride ourselves on being measured by the value we create for our patients and the way we deliver our care. On behalf of our patients we seek a collaborative and mutually beneficial relationship with all the people who play a role in the recovery process to include our patients, their families, their primary care doctors and their current (or future) therapists, and third party or other payers. We seek to be one of the pioneers at the forefront of providing a value based care delivery and reimbursement system in behavioral health.

We believe our patients want better health, not necessarily more treatment. They want collaboration, they want to be informed, they want transparency and they want to get and stay healthy. We believe we can achieve all of this at SCH, and we are doing so today.

If you are passionate about being a part of the recovery process for these deadly diseases and want to be a part of a new paradigm where the care delivery model is organized around our patient’s needs, is aligned with value creation for patients and their families and where patients needs come first always, Sun Cloud might be a great fit for you.

WE CARE ABOUT OUR EMPLOYEES, OUR TEAM IS COLLABORATIVE AND SUPPORTIVE, WE VALUE SELF CARE AND A DISCIPLINED WORK ETHIC, OUR EMPLOYEES ARE WELL EDUCATED AND BRING WITH THEM THEIR OWN EXPERIENCES TO THE WORK.

Things we know that are important to all of our employees, and things we support:

Make a Difference

Work for a Mission Driven Organization

Seek and Maintain Balance in their Lives

Career Advancement

Emotionally Rewarding and Socially Responsible Career

Financially Stable

A Safe and Nurturing Work Environment

 

Eating Disorders and Substance Use Disorders Therapist

Have experience treating complex co-occurring ED and SUD, PLEASE APPLY. Understand that self destructive behaviors such as eating disorders and SUD are generally the result of some form of trauma, please apply! At least 5 years experience please. License required. CEDS would be ideal.

SunCloud Health is seeking a full time therapist to work with patients who struggle with eating disorders and substance use disorder. Most importantly we are looking for someone with ED treatment experience; ideally at the residential or inpatient level. The candidate has knowledge of and experience with treating eating disorders as a process addiction using various treatment modalities, including 12 step facilitation. This candidate will see patients individually, run didactic and psycho ed. groups and carry a case load of ~6. Experience treating substance use disorders, mood disorders, self injury and or trauma is a bonus.

Our facility is trauma informed and provides effective and lasting treatment for patients with co-occurring illnesses, including but not limited to PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, OCD, Depression, eating disorders, substance addictions, and process addictions. We are seeking a Therapist who is both trauma aware and is comfortable working with a broad range of patients from various demographics and most with complex co-occurring cases.

The vision at SunCloud Health is to treat the individual person, which includes assessing their nutritional and medical needs in conjunction with their mental health needs. We use a highly collaborative, team-based approach in our care delivery model, which entails close communication with the patient, his or her support team, and all members of the individual’s treatment team.

Dance Movement/Art Therapist

The IDEAL candidate is licensed to provide both dance movement therapy and art therapy for individuals and groups. However, the licensed ability to provide dance movement therapy is required.

SunCloud Health is seeking a full time Expressive Therapist specifically with a license to provide Dance Movement Therapy to work at its flagship Northbrook location and its new Chicago location as an expressive therapist and as a primary case manager for patients. As our program grows initially the candidate would run 5-6 expressive therapy groups weekly, see individuals as needed for dance movement therapy and carry a case load of 2-3 patients in program. Within a few months, however, the candidate will have the option to do only expressive therapy or continue with a small case load of patients in addition to the expressive therapy work. As we grow the candidate will lead our initiative to continue to incorporate expressive therapy in to our work which will include hiring additional staff, program development and ultimately management of this area.

Our facility is trauma informed and provides effective and lasting treatment for patients with co-occurring illnesses, including but not limited to PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, OCD, Depression, eating disorders, substance addictions, and process addictions. We are seeking a Therapist who is both trauma aware and is comfortable working with a broad range of patients from various demographics and most with complex co-occurring cases.

The vision at SunCloud Health is to treat the individual person, which includes assessing their nutritional and medical needs in conjunction with their mental health needs. We use a highly collaborative, team-based approach in our care delivery model, which entails close communication with the patient, his or her support team, and all members of the individual’s treatment team. We believe in the effectiveness of creative arts therapy. Dance, art and music therapy are highly valued modalities used currently at SCH on a regular basis.

 

Clinical Director

RELOCATION COSTS AND SIGNING BONUS FOR THE RIGHT CANDIDATE.

SunCloud Health is seeking a full Time experienced clinical director to support and lead an amazing team of therapists. The ideal candidate has experience working in a treatment center setting and is eager to be a part of a leadership team that is highly respected. Our facility is trauma informed and provides effective and lasting treatment for patients specifically with co-occurring illnesses, including but not limited to PTSD, developmental trauma disorder (personality disorders), Bipolar Disorder, Depression, eating disorders, substance addictions, and process addictions. We are seeking an Clinical Director who has experience treating patients from a trauma lens and is comfortable working with a broad range of patients from various demographics. The candidate ideally has her/his/their own story of recovery and is committed to ongoing personal and professional growth.

This position entails managing staff and working with patients in multiple levels of care; including Partial Hospitalization, Intensive Outpatient, and Outpatient. The vision at SunCloud Health is to treat the individual person, which includes providing interventions to affect change along bio-psycho-social-spiritual dimensions. We use a highly collaborative, team-based approach in our care delivery model, which entails close communication with the patient, his or her support team, and all members of the individual’s treatment team. We specialize in providing integrated care to people with multiple primary illnesses using a cohesive clinical model.

It is expected that the Clinical Director Director would manage the team of therapists and report directly to the CEO/Medical Director. The position would also include some direct clinical care in individual or groups settings. Ideally, the candidate will have sound organization skills, knowledge of DASA and Joint Commission Quality Standards, strong work ethic, personal resilience, and passion for intense work with complex patient populations. Minimum of three to five years of clinical leadership in a treatment center setting is required. The candidate must be a licensed Psychologist, LCSW, LCPC, or LMFT.

Addiction and Trauma Therapist

If any of the message below speaks to you, please apply. SunCloud Health is looking for experienced therapists who get it. It was shared to our community today by Dr. Kim, and it says alot. We are looking for compassionate experienced healers who appreciate the value of working with an integrated care team and who love the work. Please apply if you meet this criteria and if the message below is in alignment with your treatment philosophy.

The below was Adopted from a post by Dr. David Meelee (addiction medicine), and is very much in line SCH treatment philosophy/community accountability model:

If a patient uses substances/eating disorder/self harm behaviors while in treatment or brings them into a treatment center and you work in a program that suspends, discharges, transfers or does not allow the patient to stay so they can work through that addiction flare-up, in my experience there are versions of at least four reasons given for a zero tolerance policy and procedure:

  • We can’t allow the patient to stay as it will trigger others to use.
  • We can’t allow the patient to stay because it will endanger the whole community.
  • We can’t allow the patient to stay because there “needs” to be consequences for using and patients need to know and experience consequences otherwise the patient using and other patients will think it is OK to use if they are not suspended, discharged, transferred. (Some programs even send someone to “detox” even if the patient drank a couple of beers or smoked or shot up once and certainly does not need withdrawal management).
  • We will get a bad reputation as a treatment facility that is soft on use if there are no consequences for using and especially if bringing in alcohol and other drugs to the facility.

With a zero tolerance policy and procedure, we, the treaters, are creating the “consequence” of suspension/transfer/discharge. Ask a counselor, administrator or physician why we need to transfer or discharge someone for use and I suspect “need for consequences” will come up somehwere in the rationale. Transferring a patient out of the treatment facility is a clinician-induced consequence not the natural history of disease consequences for out of control addiction. Discharge is a “consequence” we have control over as we evaluate with the patient in the midst of an acute exacerbation of addiction, whether they “can’t” or “won’t” follow the treatment recommendations. If the patient willfully won’t change their treatment plan in a positive direction after a thorough assessment of what went wrong in their flare-up, then the patient has a right to choose no further treatment with us. We can arrange transfer to whatever situation the patient wants if not in imminent danger. That may be to go home or the street or a shelter or to some other facility of their choosing.

If the patient “can’t” follow the recommendations on how to stay abstinent and embrace recovery because they have addiction that can flare-up and lead a patient to use substances against their better judgement, against their understanding of the rules and their values, then to me, that is an urgent assessment and treatment planning need that should continue with the same treatment team and place.

It would be wonderful (and I mean I would be full of wonder) if a patient new to addiction treatment could perfectly not use if and when:

  • They get an overwhelming craving or trigger to use and now can somehow muster up skills out of nowhere to reach out to someone before they use.
  • They get into an argument with their partner and now don’t reach for a drug to cope like they have done for years.
  • They have a flare up of PTSD or some other mental health problem and now resist self medicating with a drug like they have done in the past.
  • They have a flare-up of chronic pain and now don’t try to find drugs to relieve the pain.
  • They could immediately make all new supportive friends and stay away from using friends and situations.
  • They could now make rational choices about how important it is to not use and endanger others rather than do what has happened to them in the throes of addiction for so many years – driving drunk, neglecting their children, spending resources so the family had no food or shelter etc.

To me, addiction treatment is about helping people learn new ways to handle all these kinds of situations and co-occurring conditions that have perpetuated out of control use or addictive behaviors like gambling. This is especially urgent in the midst of an acute exacerbation of addiction with actual use.

So then what could we do about the concerns that seem so compelling as reasons to suspend/transfer/discharge a patient in the midst of their addiction flare up? Some suggestions concerning:

  • We can’t allow the patient to stay as it will trigger others to use:

What better place to be triggered than in a treatment group or facility where there are trained counselors to support and help develop skills to deal with triggering, than to be triggered on the bus and get off at the next stop and use or call their drug dealer. We don’t want addiction flare-ups to happen when patients are vulnerable in a treatment group or inpatient facility, but if they do, because patients can’t be perfectly sober especially early in treatment, situations might arise when a patient uses and triggers others. We help the patient in the midst of their addiction flare up AND those triggered by it.

  • We can’t allow the patient to stay because it will endanger the whole community:

Patients are exposed to dangerous situations all the time. Treatment should be helping them learn how to cope with those situations whenever those arise – on the street, at home, at work and yes, if they arise in a treatment facility. When I ran a program with a zero tolerance policy, we would discover someone using and discharge them to keep the community safe. The other patients would say after he was gone “I’m glad he’s gone because he’s been using for the past couple of days.” We would say “And you jeopardized your own safety and the treatment community by not confronting him and letting us know?” The patients would say “I’m not going to be the squealer to get him kicked out, that’s your job”. With zero tolerance in treatment, drug use goes underground and actually endangers the community more in my opinion, as it impedes both the person who is in the throes of an addiction flare-up and the rest of the community in being honest about substance use.

This is especially true when we say on admission, in essesence, that you have to be working on abstinence as a condition for coming into treatment; and you have to be perfectly about to stay abstinent as a condition for staying in treatment. And if you use while in treatment or get so overwhelmed that you even bring in drugs you will certainly be transferred or discharged. If a patient is trying to get their kids back or get off probation or keep a relationship or a job, why would they be honest about use if they know they will be discharged?

  • We can’t allow the patient to stay because there “needs” to be consequences for using and patients need to know and experience consequences otherwise the patient using and other patients will think it is OK to use if they are not suspended, discharged, transferred. (Some programs even send someone to “detox” even if the patient drank a couple of beers or smoked or shot up once and certainly does not need withdrawal management):

The orientation we would give to patients and families on admission; and to referral sources is that for a person with addiction it is not OK for their own health and others around them to use substances or bring them into treatment. But if anyone gets overwhelmed with an addiction flare-up, then that is a potential crisis, just like a person with major depression who gets suicidal impulses and may even cut themselves before reaching out. The policy and procedure is to reach out before or during the flare-up and not hide it. Then we can assess what is going wrong and what needs to change in the treatment plan. So please come to group or talk to a staff person if you used or brought drugs in. We will first assess you are safe and not in imminent danger needing more intensive services; and make sure you are not so intoxicated that you can’t function. If you are safe and cognitively able to function, then you be asked to start off a group and tell everyone you used and get help in the group to revise your treatment plan in a positive direction.

If others used with you and have not spoken up, you will be asked to identify them so we can help them too in their hour of need. If this is a residential setting there will be an emergency community meeting with whoever used starting off the meeting explaining the reason for the emergency meeting and the need to get everyone who used with you back on track. If any patient is not interested in staying in treatment and working positively on learning from their mistakes, then they have a right to choose no further treatment and we will help them transfer to some other situation or home.

If anyone recognizes that they themselves or their fellow patients are building up to a drink or drug, it is the community members’ responsibility, if serious about treatment, to confront that person for your own safety and the community’s rather than have it go underground. This is so we can prevent as much as possible actual substance use by catching addiction flare-ups early and intervene.

  • We will get a bad reputation as a treatment facility that is soft on use if there are no consequences for using and especially if bringing in alcohol and other drugs to the facility:

Such a policy and procedure above, increases accountability on each patient to be working on their own addiction cravings and triggers to use and to keep the treatment community safe. Being honest about substance use is approached as an assessment and treatment process for a bad outcome rather than willful misconduct requiring a consequence. The treatment facility gets known as a place that holds patients accountable for taking treatment seriously, that will not tolerate “doing time” in a treatment program; and that any use is taken seriously as an indication that treatment is not going well for the patient and needs a reassessment and treatment plan change. When patients are more focused on how to hide any use that overwhelms them, lie about use, blame the lab for getting their urines mixed up, return to criminogenic thinking and behavior that tries to get around the rules and scam the system, then the community is not safe. It should be an honest program.

Of course, if a person is not interested in treatment and just wants to party in a treatment setting and bring in drugs to gets others using with them, then discharge is appropriate as the person is thinking it is a party place not a treatment place. It would be “enabling” to give the message that you can use and nothing happens that the person needs to take responsibility for. But the responsibility is about improving the treatment and plan, not discharge consequences for use. If the patient is invested in treatment and is struggling with multidimensional issues that overwhelms them and their addiction flares-up and they use, that is a potential crisis needing treatment, not discharge.

SCH is an equal opportunity employer. This position is full time with benefits.

Staff Psychiatrist

We are in search of a Psychiatrist to provide both therapy and medication management to patients in our day programs and in individual therapy, as needed. Our day treatment program is for adults who require intensive support and structure, but not 24-hour supervision. Patients may be enrolled directly into our IOP or PHP program or may be “stepped down” from a residential setting. The average length of stay can be anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. Most of the patients who participate in our day program wish to stay with us for on-going therapy, including psychiatry, upon completion.

Requirements

Must have M.D, Board Certified Psychiatrist and have or be able to obtain an Illinois medical license. Minimum 2 years of experience working in mental health, preferably with experience working with the patient population we serve in a treatment center. Experience with one’s own personal recovery is welcome. Experience working with adults is essential. Experience working with Adolescents is preferred.

Behavioral Health Specialist/Diet Tech

Behavioral Health Specialist- IDEAL OPPORTUNITY FOR A CANDIDATE WHO IS INTERESTED IN WORKING WITH OUR POPULATION AND WHO ASPIRES TO BECOME A THERAPIST. TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES ABOUND!

1. Support the treatment team in managing the milieu by working with patients who may be having a difficult time remaining engaged in groups, helping patients find their groups, help patients manage their time while in programming.

2. Assist staff where needed in the milieu.

3. Opportunity to sit in on group therapy sessions and learn from highly experienced group leaders.

Diet technician –

1. addition to the nutrition treatment team-works with/assists Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with obtaining clinical nutrition information

2. purchasing of lunches and maintaining food inventory for treatment facility-facilitates meal support for patients

3. performs routine nutrition assessments on assigned patients under the guidance of the registered dietitian

4. Evaluates and monitors the effectiveness and outcome of nutrition services and medical nutrition therapy interventions and answers or refers questions regarding patients’ nutritional care to the registered dietitian.

Candidate must have experience in food & nutrition, working in treatment centers/counseling experience.

Personal Recovery Experience Preferred

Knowledge of 12 step facilitation Preferred.

Registered Dietician

SunCloud Health is seeking a full-time or part-time Registered Dietitian who specializes in the treatment of eating disorders. Our facility is trauma informed and provides effective and lasting treatment for patients with co-occurring illnesses, including but not limited to PTSD, bipolar disorder, OCD, depression, substance addictions, and process addictions. We are seeking a Registered RD who is both trauma aware and is comfortable working with a broad range of patients from various demographics.

This position entails working with patients in multiple levels of care; including Partial Hospitalization, Intensive Outpatient, and Outpatient. The vision at SunCloud Health is to treat the individual person, which includes assessing their nutritional and medical needs in conjunction with their mental health needs. We use a highly collaborative, team-based approach in our care delivery model, which entails close communication with the patient, his or her support team, and all members of the individual’s treatment team. It is expected that the RD would meet with patients individually for assessment and follow-up care. This includes creating individualized meal plans based on the patient’s unique dietary needs. The position would also include running nutrition groups for psycho-education, engaging patients in food exposure challenges, and providing meal support during programming hours. Ideally, the RD candidate will have organization skills and an efficient work ethic, as well as a minimum of one year of direct patient care experience.

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